Many of us are slaves to
our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try
to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep
stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night.
We try to be good to the people we love, but then we
forget and put ourselves first. And when we want to
change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and
expect to see quick results, only to lose focus after
the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state
of bewilderment. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged.
Does this describe you? Which parts
of this description fit? What would you
add to describe your mind?
We yearn for deeper meaning in our
lives. We know we have seeds inside us that we would
like to nourish, but how? “If only I could
find the secret,” we fantasize. So we search
for esoteric truths or gurus. We read book after
For many of us it is a secret that:
- we already possess that which we
seek — basic goodness.
- our heart and mind are inherently
- the basis of everything is completely
pure and good.
- there is a
quality of complete wholesomeness that includes
everything – including ourselves.
Does this describe you? Before beginning
this course, reflect on what deeper meaning
you yearn for, what "secrets" you
wish revealed. What are you seeking from
This course offers guidance and tools
for discovering these hidden secrets for yourself.
With this discovery you can begin the adventure
of transforming yourself into awakened person,
of living your life with true joy and happiness,
of cultivating courage, and of radiating love and
compassion to others.
In this course you will learn how
to practice Shamatha meditation —"peaceful
abiding"— to train your mind in stability,
clarity, and strength and to create an alliance
that allows you to actually use your mind, rather
than be used by it. Through this most basic form
of sitting meditation, you will discover that you
can abide peacefully